WAC, the largest privately owned athletic club in Wisconsin, completed the acquisition of the 4-acre, 98,000-square-foot Lake Country property for $3.5 million, according to Milwaukee Business News. Lake Country is WAC's eighth location in southeastern Wisconsin and its first to offer tennis amenities. Lake Country features eight indoor tennis courts, three racquetball courts and a basketball court. It also offers three group fitness studios, a Pilates studio and an indoor pool.
In its May 6 email to members, WAC representatives said there has long been demand that they open another club in the Hartland area. Members will not immediately have access to both clubs, the email said, but plans to further integrate Lake Country into WAC’s club system are underway.
WAC was founded in 1976 as is operated by Ray O’Connor, Keith Mardak, Chez Misko and Keith Nygren. Lake Country was founded in 1977 by John and Trudy Gebhard and remains a family-operated business.
“I’ve lived in Lake Country for over 30 years, and I am very excited to bring the WAC brand to the community in which I live,” Nygren said in a media release. “The Lake Country community has been one of our most requested markets to open a Wisconsin Athletic Club. We appreciate the tradition the Gebhards have created at Lake Country Racquet & Athletic Club and look forward to continuing to build on that tradition.”